Madelyn (Mandy) Pons
Vice President

Mandy has assisted numerous Hartsook clients including Trinity Episcopal Church, Barrett Foundation, American Red Cross Mid-Rio Grande chapter, and KVCR-TV. Before joining Hartsook, she was Executive Director of Oklahoma City’s Allied Arts, a fundraising organization for arts groups citywide. Under her leadership, Allied Arts boosted annual giving to more than $1 million, with more than 50 percent of major gifts donated by individuals.

Mandy also was a senior consultant for nonprofit consultant Baxter Farr Thomas & Weinstein, where she worked with clients including the National Dance Institute in Santa Fe, the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, Albuquerque Meals on Wheels and Neighborhood Housing Services.

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Will You Be There When John Shamberg Calls?

A big part of fundraising is showing up and being available. I learned this lesson on a very memorable New Year’s Eve, a very long time ago.

As an eager young fundraiser working for Washburn University, I didn’t know that it was unusual still to be at work in the evening of December 31st. But, there I was.

Earlier that year, a graduate of Washburn University School of Law told me he was going to give a gift of land to his synagogue, a private K-12 school and Washburn. John Shamberg, who has since passed away, made millions of dollars for institutions all over the world, and he wanted to give a significant gift to organizations he valued. His 40 acres of land on the outskirts of Kansas City were valued at $450,000, and his intention was to give $150,000 each to three organizations.

He’d left the task to the last day of the year, but now he was ready to make it happen.

He called the synagogue. No answer.

He called the K-12 school. No answer.

Then, he called Washburn and got me.

“Bob,” he said, “you just won the jackpot!”

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